Best Horror films on Netflix this Halloween

UK Netflix has plenty of top horror movies to keep you peeking through your fingers this Halloween. In fact, there’s so  many we’ve decided to pull together the best of them so you can get your heart-racing and adrenaline pumping this scare season even after your Stranger Things season 2 fix.

As well as leading with our choice of the five best horror movies on UK Netflix right now, we’ve chosen some others depending on what you’re after.

Top 5 horror films on Netflix UK

The Babadook (2014)

The Babadook centres around a widow trying to care for her difficult son. Things take a turn when the child believes a monster has come out of a story book. This is one of the creepiest and best horror films to come out in recent years. Its brooding cinematography belies its tiny budget and the performances are excellent all round.

Let the Right One in (2008)/Let me in (2010)

Let the Right One In is a Swedish horror film set in the 80s about a troubled young boy who befriends a mysterious young girl with a dark secret. It’s strange, stark and brilliant.

If you don’t like watching films with subtitles then try Let Me In. It’s pretty much a shot for shot remake of the Swedish film, but in English. We recommend the original, though.

The Omen (1976)

This horror classic still has the ability to scare. A freaky kid, an even freakier nanny and some monstrous dogs all serve to create a great chiller. Whether you’re religious or not, The Omen is a great watch this Halloween.

Young Frankenstein (1974)

This send up of classic horror movies is a work of genius and one of Mel Brooks’ finest films. Gene Wilder as Dr Frankenstein (it’s pronounced Frankenshteen) plays it relatively straight so the weird and wonderful characters that surround him can shine. If you like being tickled rather than scared, or need a palate cleanser between gory horror, then Young Frankenstein is the film to watch this Halloween.

The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

Penned by Josh Whedon of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Avengers fame, The Cabin in the Woods takes reference from dozens of classic horror tropes to create something brilliantly unique. Funny, gory, scary and with a plot that will keep you guessing, this is the perfect Halloween film for those who want to be entertained, not scared witless.

Best Horror Comedies on Netflix

Zombieland (2009) 

If there’s one zombie comedy that comes close to matching the brilliance of Shaun of the Dead, it’s Zombieland. A great cast keep the laughs coming and Woody Harrelson is perfect as the Twinkie-obsessed zombie killer. It also has one of the best cameos of all time, we won’t spoil it for you.

Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010)

What happens when two good-natured american hicks who are fixing up their forest cabin get mistaken for crazed killers? Tucker and Dale vs Evil is the answer, and it’s a damn funny one. A must see if you haven’t already.

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Killer Klowns from Outer space (1988) 

There are a lot of clowns. They kill. They’re from outer space. As you’d expect with a title like that, this doesn’t take itself too seriously and is all the better for it. This is no ‘It’, but I’d still recommend coulrophobics steer well clear.

If you’ve seen all the horror comedies and are desperate try these…

Scouts’ Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015)   Shaun of the Dead it isn’t, but there are some laddish laughs to be had in this zombie horror, especially if you’ve had a few to drink beforehand. The title pretty much says it all.

Pride Prejudice and Zombies (2016)  Splicing Jane Austen and a zombie film might sound like madness, but this film is actually based on a bestseller from the author who also brought us Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. You might like the dialogue if you’re an Austen fan, but this isn’t particularly funny or scary and even lacks the romantic tension that makes the great author’s work so loved in the first place.

Scary Movie 1, 2, 3   If you want some brainless horror fun then the first three films from the Scary Movie franchise are available on Netflix. Ok they’re nowhere near the brilliance of Scream, but there are scenes that will have you giggling. Scary they are not, though.

Best Creepy Atmospheric Horror Films on Netflix

Crimson Peak (2015)

It may not be one of Guillermo Del Toro’s best, but Crimson Peak is one of the most stunning scary films ever made. Sets, costumes and effects are top notch and the film drips with a rich gothic atmosphere. Don’t expect lots of jump scares, it’s as much a love story as a horror.

It Follows (2014)

There’s something deeply disturbing about this low-budget independent horror. It Follows focuses on a nineteen-year-old who begins experiencing a strange entity only she can see following her. She tries to escape with her friends, but can’t seem to get free. It sounds like a well-worn setup, but the director keeps you off kilter to make It Follows truly creepy.

The Woman in Black (2012)

Daniel Radcliffe sheds his wizardly robes for Gothic horror that follows a young man trying to uncover the mystery of a killer ghost terrorising a small village. There’s more than a shiver or two to be had and what makes The Woman in Black a rare treat is that it’s certified 12, rather than 15 or 18. Still you wouldn’t want children younger than 12 watching it.

Tale of Tales (2015)

Tale of Tales isn’t really a horror, more a grotesque curio. Lavish set design, costumes and a stellar cast lift three interweaved tales into something that’s both grotesque and intriguing. Toby Jones as the King of Highhills and his pet flea need to be seen to be believed.

Under the Shadow (2016)

Under the Shadow has been hailed by critics and audiences alike for it’s sinister and terrifying atmosphere. Set in war-torn Tehran a mother and her daughter are trapped in their home and beset by danger and evil – some real and some maybe not. If you don’t have a problem with subtitled films then give this a chance.

1922 (2017)

It’s surprising how few Stephen King horror adaptations you can find on Netflix. Thinner is one, which we wouldn’t recommend, and 1922 is the other. It’s a brand new Netflix original movie based on one of King’s novellas. The story is one of the descent into the abyss of a man whose actions destroy those around him. It’s slow and brooding, but packs real menace. Thomas Jane (from The Mist and The Punisher) does well as the penitent lead.

If you’ve seen them all and are desperate…

The Visit  M Night Shyamalan has been releasing more misses than hits recently, but The Visit isn’t anywhere near as bad as The Last Airbender or After Earth. The story centres around two teenage siblings who go to visit their grandparents who they’ve never met before. The grandparents behave oddly and soon the kids start suspecting all isn’t quite right. If you can get over the annoying teens and the shaky homemade-style camera-work it’s creepy and enjoyable.

Silent Hill  Movies based on video games tend to be absolutely terrible, Silent Hill isn’t. It’s not great either, but it is able to ramp up the tension thanks to brilliant sets and costumes, unfortunately the plot ends up being a bit garbled.  

Best gory and jump scare horror movies on Netflix

Green Room (2016)

A bunch of liberal punk-rockers probably shouldn’t play a gig at a neo-Nazi bar. Things go very quickly south when they bear witness to something they shouldn’t, and are trapped in the bar. Tense, creepy and with enough gore this is a perfect Netflix treat for Halloween, even if it lacks any supernatural chills. You’ll also get to see Patrick Stewart as you never have before.   

Bone Tomahawk (2015)

Westerns don’t often work well when spanning genres. Cowboys and Aliens and Jonah Hex are two examples of that. Bone Tomahawk, however, manages to combine the classic Western tropes of redemption and heroism with brutal horror and gore akin to the Hills have Eyes. Some graphic scenes will stay with you forever, but it’s the brilliant character development that keeps you caring about the protagonists that makes this a great horror film.

The Descent (2005)

If you’re claustrophobic take a deep breath. The Descent is a small British movie about potholers who get trapped in underground caves. First they have to deal with the dangers of falling rocks, but soon they discover that there’s something else in the caves with them, and it’s not friendly.

Evil Dead (2015)

This reboot of the 80s Sam Raimi classic about a group of friends who find a supernatural book in a cabin plays it straight. It goes all out for scares and gore and forgoes humour. It’s not a patch on the original, but is still well put together. The reliance on physical effects, rather than CGI, makes it all the more satisfying.

Child’s Play (1988) 

A convicted murderer dies and his soul is transferred into the hot-ticket toy of the year. What ensues is both silly and frightening.

If you’ve seen them all and are desperate…

Hostel (2005) – Arguably the movie that brought the torture porn subgenre of horror to the masses, Hostel needs a strong stomach. Unfortunately the rest of the film feels more like softcore porn than a nail-biting horror.

Human Centipede (2009)  A twisted doctor sews people, mouth to rectum. If that sounds appealing then enjoy.

Best Sci-fi Horror on Netflix

Pandorum (2009)

Pandorum was largely overlooked when it was released back in 2009, but it’s worth watch. It doesn’t quite manage to capture the sinister atmosphere of Event Horizon, which it most closely resembles, but it’s a solid sci-fi horror.

World War Z (2013)

If you’ve not seen World War Z because of the bad reviews then now might be the time. It’s by no means perfect, and the final third feels like it’s been taken from a totally different movie, but a breathtakingly tense opener and some impressive effects make it worth watching.

Under the Skin (2013)

If you’re looking for an odd, thoughtful sci-fi horror then look no further than Under the Skin. Starring Scarlett as a mysterious young woman luring men into her white van, it sounds weird. The Scottish setting makes it even odder and the director has chosen to have Johansson interact with the public as well as actors so you’re never quite sure what you’re getting. Certainly not for everyone, this is a film that divides audiences.

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